First off we hope that everybody had a great Thanksgiving and got to spend some time with family and friends getting as stuffed as the turkey you ate. We traveled a good bit this past weekend through the Midwest to see Ashley’s side of the family and had our fare share of food, family and football. It was nice to see family and have a few days of doing nothing but it was also nice to be back home.
Of course when you get back home there’s plenty of stuff to do. The first thing I needed to check off the list of things to get done was to get some new tires on the truck.
As I was at the shop the guy putting on my new tires had noticed that I had busted a rear shock, so I had another project to get done. Of course when I got home I realized they sold me the wrong shocks and had to go back for the right ones.
Now the plan for the day was to get in a little fishing at some point but with all of the previous projects we only had a few hours to go. We are pretty blessed to live within a few minutes of such great fishing and so many options to choose from. One place we go that is pretty unique is the Lower Little River outside of the Smokies where we do some float trips. TWRA stocks the river with some healthy rainbows in the Fall and Winter and makes for a fun alternative when the streams in the Smokies are cold and the tailwaters are blown out.
Here is Jules with a nice fish from the Little River
Typical stocked trout flies like wooly buggers, egg patterns and any standard nymph will work for these fish. It’s a very pretty and relaxing float to do and is a lot of fun. It does take a certain amount of water to float the section which usually isn’t a problem in the Winter months. If the water does get too low it can get tough to get a boat through and isn’t worth the effort.
We have been seeing better flows on the Holston and Clinch Rivers due to the lakes being at their Winter levels. We are supposed to get rain off and on starting tomorrow so we’ll have to see what that does to the water levels. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that TVA doesn’t have to run a bunch of water next week and we can spend more time on these rivers, but we’ll just have to see. The good news on the Holston is that the fishing is great and we’re seeing caddis, midges and a couple of different mayflies hatching throughout the day and the fish are looking up to take dries as well as nymphs all day.
It’s nice to see fish like these sipping dries in December.
The Holston is known for its big feisty rainbows but occasionally you get a brown trout here and there. The nice thing about the Holston is the ability to get out of the boat and wade fish at any of the many shoals on the river. We decided to do just that and Jules caught a fish on the first cast.
If you are thinking of a nice place to visit for Christmas or New Years with mild Winters and good fishing then look no further than East TN, especially the Townsend area. We will fish through the Winter as long as the weather permits us to so if your looking to get out then give us a call (CONTACT US). Take care and have a great day.